Storytelling and The National Day of Listening

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November 27 is the National Day of Listening. Celebrated each year on the day after Thanksgiving, it’s a time to gather families and friends for the specific purpose of recording and sharing histories and stories for preservation. Launched in 2008 by StoryCorps (reviewed here), this observance falls at a time when many families are together, … read more »


Three Powerful Resources for Using Poetry in the Classroom

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Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. Robert Frost Next month is National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry and poets in the United States. Also, March 26 marks the anniversary of the birth of Robert Frost, the well-known American Poet Laureate over 100 years ago. As … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: Adobe Spark Video Part 2

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In part 1 of this blog, you were introduced to Adobe Spark Video. This amazing and free tool allows you to create beautiful and brilliant videos in a few minutes. There are prompts to follow as you begin to create and add slides, text, videos, photos, music, and more. You have options for the font, … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: Adobe Spark Video Part 1

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Adobe Spark Video is a part of the Adobe suite. Create beautiful and brilliant videos in a few minutes. You can begin by using a template or start from scratch. There are prompts to follow as you begin to create and add slides, text, videos, photos, music, and more. Adobe Spark Video has over 1 … read more »


Make Primary Sources by Documenting Thanksgiving with Students!

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 What better way to teach about Thanksgiving than with primary sources?! And, what can be more fun and a way to incorporate student voice than to teach students how to create their own primary sources documenting Thanksgiving in some way. One way to document Thanksgiving is to participate in The Great Thanksgiving Listen.  The … read more »